Vehicle transport

Questions you may have about vehicle shipping


Vehicle shipping is exactly what it sounds like; the relocation of vehicles from one location to another. While this might seem relatively straightforward, this simple explanation is deceptive. Once you look under the hood of vehicle transport, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Here are the answers to some questions you might have about vehicle shipping:

How is a vehicle shipped?

This depends on where you’re moving the vehicle to, or from. If you’re transporting your vehicle from one end of the country to the other, it’s likely it will travel overland on the back of a truck. If you’re transporting a vehicle overseas, however, it will be loaded onto a ship and shipped to its destination.

How much does it cost to transport a vehicle overseas?

  • The price to ship a vehicle depends on several factors. These include:
  • The distance that the vehicle must travel overseas
  • The size and type of the vehicle
  • The shipping option you choose
  • The condition of the vehicle i.e. can it be driven?
  • The distance the vehicle is from its closest port
  • How quickly you need delivery.

On top of these main factors, there are other costs associated with shipping a vehicle from one location to another. These include customs, tax (GST/VAT), inspection, and certification costs.

What is the cheapest vehicle transport option?

The cheapest vehicle transport option is to use roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) transportation. As the vehicle doesn’t need to be loaded into a container, this cuts down on labour and associated costs required for transportation.

What’s the best way to transport my vehicle?

The best way to ship your vehicle partly depends on your needs. If you need quicker service, RoRo shipping is the way to go. However, if your vehicle is more valuable – and therefore needs more protection – container shipping may be a better option.

If you’re looking for the most stress-free way to transport your vehicle, a door to door service is worth considering. Here, the vehicle transport company will take care of the whole process for you, starting with picking up your vehicle and then transporting it to its final destination. Part of this option can also include taking the car through its compliance checks and organising certification before delivery.

How do I choose a vehicle transport company?

When deciding which vehicle transportation company to use to ship your vehicle, here are some key things to consider:

Their experience and reputation, especially in the locations you’re shipping your car from and to. This way, it’s more likely to be a straightforward and stress-free process, plus they’ll be able to give you more specific advice on what’s required to get your vehicle from point A to B.
Whether their services align with your needs. There’s no point in choosing a company that doesn’t provide a container shipping service if that’s what you’re after.
The price of their services; they’ll need to fit within your budget.

If you have any further questions about vehicle transport, just ask. AUTOHUB are always here to help!